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Hi I'm Sonya

I'm an artist, a runner, and a Mormon.

About Me

I love learning new things and creating new works of art using various mediums. I have a lot of energy and am one of those people that always have to be doing five to ten things at a time. I typically run a couple of miles every day and enjoy running in races. I go to school full time and am pursuing a major in Anthropology and a minor in History. I also work part time and have my own art business on the side. I love to paint and to draw. During the summer and winter breaks I busy myself with creating new large-scale paintings (sometimes up to seven feet by four feet) and drawings. I usually try to book at least one art show a year to showcase my new works. Art helps me stay connected to my inner ideas about what it means to experience humanity while staying connected to the people in the world around me. Another way that I stay grounded and connected to the people around me is through activity and fellowship with other members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I love going to church every week and I look forward to going to the activities. As a student I am also invited to attend Institute at the school I attend. Institute offers free scripture study classes during the semester at my campus. I love taking these extra classes to learn more about the Savior. I always make new friends and feel just a little more connected with the community. I also enjoy volunteering my time to help others.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I came to a point in my life where I knew without a doubt that Jesus was the Christ and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was indeed his church here on Earth. My journey towards that realization took more than a decade of my adult life. I first just concentrated on finding out for myself if there was indeed a God. I needed to know if Jesus was the Savior of this world. I prayed fervently often and pondered about my feelings, thoughts, and impressions resulting from the prayers. I began to feel that I needed to read my scriptures if I wanted to gain a testimony of Jesus Christ. Reading the book of Matthew in the New Testament gave me the testimony that I sought. If I truly had a testimony of God the Father, His son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Spirit then I needed to do something about it. I knew that action was required. I set out to find the Savior's Church. I tried out a couple of churches, but none of them felt right. One Christmas I went to the Temple with my grandfather to hear the choir and to see the lights and ended up talking to the missionaries there. I wanted to learn more about gospel because of how touched I was with the music and the feeling from being at the Temple. I began taking the discussions with the missionaries. They extended me an invitation to come to church and to read the Book of Mormon. They asked me to pray about it as I read to receive conformation from the Lord on it's truthfulness. As I began to read, I felt an overwhelming conformation of it's truthfulness. It is a hard feeling to explain, but it was undeniable. It changed my life. It changed me. I had never felt such a feeling of peace and love in my life before. Now, as I live the gospel and follow Christ, my life is echoed with feelings of love, peace, serenity, and happiness. I know that Jesus is the Christ and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is his church here on Earth.

How I live my faith

I love to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. Some ways that I strive to live my faith and come closer to the Savior are through daily scripture and prayer, keeping the commandments, attending all of my church meetings, and by volunteering my time and talents to help the Church. I currently volunteer my time with the Young Single Adults every Monday evening. I help plan activities that help us develop stronger friendships with each other and foster an environment where we can learn more about the Savior through a short spiritual lesson.